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Sample Sunday: Of Gods and Kings 3

To give you a taste of what’s in store, I’ll be sharing samples of my available books. For the end of 2022, as I’ve run out of “available to buy” books to showcase, I’ll be giving you a RARE insight into some WIPs.

I’ll use the 7/7 Challenge (where authors post seven lines from page 7 of their WIP) as inspiration. I’ll be posting (approximately) 7 paragraphs of page 7 (unless they have spoilers, then I’ll choose the previous/next chapter) If more is needed, for context, then I’ll add more.

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Two Kings

Of Gods and Kings, Book 3

BLURB

Where magic is involved, the butterfly effect can have devastating consequences.

The land of Sanelrun has faced a brutal mirroring fate as the kingdom of Jakra, on the opposite side of the known world, Tephy Brezal.

Prince Pharis was but a child when his parents were murdered and Jerrell Loflin took his kingdom, Sanelrun, and divided it into two. The dark lands, Sanelma, and the place of the sun, Solrun.

The last thing he expects on his sixteenth birthday – self-made King to the dark lands – is a visit from a God and an Eamwulf. Both had drifted into legend so long ago, but a desperate man can’t afford to ignore a miracle. Pharis listens with an open mind, as a plan to regain his kingdom is lain before him.

With the help of a God, and the protection of the Eamwulf, sworn to Pharis until he has regained his kingdom, there is no chance of failure.

Even if it means waiting nearly twenty years to get his revenge.

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7/7 SAMPLE

Shade was in the middle of undressing, his book by the bed to read another chapter before he put his light out, when the door creaked open. Shocked that anyone would enter his private room without asking or knocking—it had been three years since he moved out of the adjoining room to his parents chambers, and was given a place of his own—he turned to face the door, unthinking of the fact that he was shirtless and his trousers had already been unfastened.

The King stood in his doorway, almost frozen.

Biting his bottom lips, he wasn’t sure what to do with himself. Whether to cover up or ask for a moment to dress, or whether to remain quiet and ask how he could help. The King had never come to his private room before.

As though he blinked and whatever froze him was gone, King Mortas grinned and stepped into the room, wrapping his arms around Shade as he exclaimed, “We did it!” He held him and spun Shade off his feet before he could think what the King was talking about.

But he couldn’t convince himself to speak, either. Not when the King had his arms around him, holding him close, and he could feel his warmth. He simply enjoyed the proximity, however wrong that might be.

“I can’t believe we did it,” the King muttered into his ear, before planting Shade back on his feet and explaining, “and it was all you, Shade. I used the story of the Goddess Tirena and convinced the A’Zathi nobles to see Jerrell the way you do. By the end of the meal, they had decided their army to fight Jerrell ‘whenever you have need of us’, which means that…Gods, we could go to war whenever we want,” he rambled on, sounding so excited that all Shade could do was smile.

He didn’t entirely follow. He wasn’t sure what war he was talking about, or how the story he’d told the King had helped; he was just glad that it had.

Cupping his face in both hands, the King stared at him but seemed to see deeper than the flesh. “We have to make sure they’re well trained, perhaps bring a few over here to see our training techniques…it could still take a few more years, but then everything will line up perfectly,” he went on, before smiling and press a hard kiss to Shade’s lips.

His eyes widened in shock, until he realised that the King was kissing him.

Then he pulled back, far too soon, and stared at Shade almost in surprise.

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Elaine White is the author of multi-genre MM romance, celebrating ‘love is love’ and offering diversity in both genre and character within her stories.

Growing up in a small town and fighting cancer in her early teens taught her that life is short and dreams should be pursued. She lives vicariously through her independent, and often hellion characters, exploring all possibilities within the romantic universe.

The Winner of two Watty Awards – Collector’s Dream (An Unpredictable Life) and Hidden Gem (Faithfully) – and an Honourable Mention in 2016’s Rainbow Awards (A Royal Craving) Elaine is a self-professed geek, reading addict, and a romantic at heart.

You can keep in touch with Elaine on the following sites:

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